2019 Eastern Lowdown BMX Review


Eastern’s 2019 Lowdown bike is a top seller. It is a lower quality bike designed for beginner bmx riders. The Lowdown has small geometry designed for smaller riders. Eastern used to have a good name for entry level bikes. They disappeared for a while, and are now coming back with the goal of making good bikes for a good price.

⛔️ – Full Chromoly
✅ – Under $500
⛔️ – Double Wall Rims
⛔️ – Pegs
✅ – 3 pc. Cranks
⛔️ – Fully Sealed Bearings
⛔️ – Freecoaster

Highlights

  • Small Geometry for small riders
  • 3 pc. cranks
  • $250

Images From https://easternbikes.com/products/lowdown-2019

2019 Eastern Lowdown Overview

Designed for the beginner level rider, the 2019 Lowdown 20″ BMX Bike is a perfect introduction to BMX. Tubular chromoly 3 piece cranks and sealed front and rear hubs now come standard on 2019 models. Crafted from tough hi-tensile steel with some dialed Eastern aftermarket grips, pedals, and sprocket give this beginner bike an expert look

from: Eastern

2019 Eastern Lowdown Specs

Price

$269.99 on Amazon

Colors

  • Black
  • Red
  • White
  • Blue

Specs

FRAME
Hi Tensile Steel Lowdown
Top Tube Size: 20″
BB: AM
Chainstay Length: 13.38″
Clamp: Integrated with Frame
BARS
Hi-Ten 8.0″ 
Upsweep/Backsweep 12⁰/1⁰ 
FORK
Lowdown – Hi-Tensile Steel, Tapered legs, 3/8″ dropouts
Fork Rake: 28mm
STEM Forged Alloy Front Load Stem
GRIP Eastern Riblet Grips 
CRANK 3-Piece, Tubular Heat-Treated Chromoly, Bolt for Sprocket, Pinch Bolt with 8-Splined Spindle,  165mm 28.6mm Round Arm 
BOTTOM BRACKET American Ball Bearing
CHAINWHEEL Eastern Phorcys, Cold Hard Steel, 25T
CHAIN KMC Z410 1/2 x 1/8
PEDAL Eastern Atom Plastic Pedal with 3/8 Chromoly Axle
FRONT BRAKE N/A
FRONT LEVER N/A
REAR BRAKE U-Brake, Forged Alloy
REAR LEVER Forged Alloy Lever
BRAKE CABLE [S] LINEAR
SADDLE Padded Seat with Railed Supports
POST Steel 200mm
FRONT HUB Sealed Bearing, Forged Alloy Shell, Drilled for 36 Spokes, 3/8″ Chromoly Axle
REAR HUB Sealed Bearings, Forged Alloy Shell Drilled for 36 Spokes, 14mm Chromoly Axle 9 Tooth Driver
FREEWHEEL 9 Tooth Driver with Hub
FRONT RIM Alloy, Single Wall, Drilled for 36 Spokes (20″)
REAR RIM Alloy, Single Wall, Drilled for 36 Spokes (20″)
SPOKES 14 Gauge with Brass Nipples
FRONT TIRE 20 x 2.25
REAR TIRE 20 x 2.25
PEG none

Frame Geometry

A: Top Tube Length:  20″ – Learn what size is right for you here.

This is a very small toptube. Not many frames have a toptube this short.

B: Chain Stay Length: 13.38”

This is a long chain stay. Longer Chain-stays give you more control when doing manuals and bunny hops.

C: Head Tube Angle: N/A

Steep head tube angles make the bike “snappy” meaning more responsive to fast turns.

A less steep head tube gives you more control.

D: Seat Tube Angle: 71°

E: Bottom Bracket Height: N/A

F: Stand over height: N/A

This is a small standover. Even though I do not know the size, I can tell from the pictures that it is really small.

A small standover makes tailwhip really easy.

2019 Eastern Lowdown Price

Eastern’s Lowdown is very cheap. For $289 you can get a very low quality entry level bike. I would not recommend this bike even though it is so cheap. The parts will not last anyone who plans to ride more than a year.

2019 Eastern Lowdown Quality

This bike has low quality parts. You do have the option of buying upgrades for this bike. Usually this isn’t the best approach because the core parts are weak. Here are some weak parts.

Pressed Bearings. The headset bearings are not integrated. This is just a sign of low quality.

Hi-Tensile Parts. Landing hard on hi-tensile bars will bend them down. Casing a jump on a hi-tensile steel frame will bend the frame.

Highlights

Cheap

The bike is less than $300. And this is a good thing. I love low cost bikes because they bring people into bmx.

Lowlights

Bad Parts

The parts for the most part are all low quality. The only good thing that I saw was 3 piece cranks. These 3 piece cranks are not even good cranks they are just a cheap version.

Buy if you are learning:

  • Pull up bars
  • 180
  • manual
  • x-up rides

Don’t buy if you are learning:

  • 360
  • tailwhip
  • big drops
  • big grinds

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2019 Eastern Lowdown Conclusion 🤩

Of all the Eastern bikes on the market, this is one that I do not recommend. While the price is right, the parts are not. When you start to progress with bmx and you want to learn bigger tricks you will need parts that last with you. These parts just wont last you much longer than a year.

Here is a list of inexpensive bikes with better quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

How tall do you have to be for this bike?

This bike is great for riders between 5′ 2″ to 5’6″

How long will this bike last me?

Depending on your level of riding, it will last your a little less than a year.

Is this a good bike?

The only thing good about this bike is the price.

How much does the Eastern Lowdown weigh?

Around 28 lbs!

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Douglas Laird

Douglas is a 23-year-old BMX rider who got his first true BMX bike for his 13th birthday and has been riding nonstop for over 10 years. “Bmx has taken me too well over a hundred skateparks across multiple states and countries.” Dougsterbob.com was born to help people understand the sport that has changed my life for the better. My goal is to help you with everything BMX related. With over 200 BMX posts and counting, dougsterbob.com is quickly growing to be one of the best bmx related websites.

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